• (03) 9416-4418

Mr. Matthew Read

Mr. Matthew Read

Oesophago Gastric and Bariatric Surgeon

Matthew is a general and upper gastrointestinal surgeon with a special interest in minimally invasive surgery and endoscopy for both benign and malignant conditions of the upper gastrointestinal tract. Matthew treats a range of conditions including gastroesophageal reflux, hernias (including hiatal hernia), gallstones, obesity and tumours of the oesophagus and stomach.

After graduating from Monash University in 2003, Matthew completed his residency and surgical training through Western Health in Melbourne. After completing his general surgical fellowship in 2016, Matthew was accepted by the Australian and New Zealand Gastro Oesophageal Surgery Association (ANZGOSA) for subspecialty training in the field of upper gastrointestinal surgery. This was undertaken at both St Vincent's and the Alfred Hospitals in Melbourne. These training posts provided Matthew with extensive experience in the management of complex upper gastrointestinal tract conditions. Commencing in late 2019, Matthew has also been accepted by the University Medical Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands, to undertake a surgical oncology fellowship with a special focus on robotic surgery.

Matthew is nearing the completion of a PhD which has focused on the development of preclinical models to better understand oesophageal cancer and its precursor, Barrett’s oesophagus. This work has led to numerous publications, awards and international collaborations. Most recently, Matthew has been appointed to the advisory board of OESO, a worldwide organisation which focuses on diseases of the oesophagus.


2018 ANZGOSA Travelling Scholarship.
2017 Peter Ryan Prize (Best Surgical Research Paper) St Vincent’s Hospital Research Week.
2017 ANZGOSA Travelling Scholarship.
2016 SUGGS Medtronic Travelling Scholarship – Awarded for Best Oral Presentation. Combined ANZGOSA/SUGSS Meeting, Sydney.
2015 Best Early Career Investigator – Oral Presentation. Cabrini Research Day.
2015 John Ham Medal. GSA Annual Scientific Meeting, Cairns.
2014 Best Trainee Presentation, Upper GI Surgery Section. Annual Scientific Congress, Singapore.
2013 Professor Robert Thomas Translational Research Award. The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
2013 Best Trainee Presentation, Surgical Oncology Section. Annual Scientific Congress, Auckland.


2019 Inaugural Surgeons’ Impact Fund Research Scholar, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne .
2015 Viola Edith Reid Bequest, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Melbourne .
2012 & 2014 Sir Thomas Naghten Fitzgerald Scholarship, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Melbourne.
2013 Francis and Phyllis Thornell Shore Memorial Scholarship - Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.


  • Click here to see a list of publications, presentations and current research interests.
  • Matthew Read and the team at Melbourne Gastro Oesophageal Surgery team are extensively involved in research ensuring patients receive the most up to date and effective treatments.

Teaching roles

  • Clinical Tutor, The University of Melbourne (2018 to present)
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, faculty member for surgical skills course (ASSET) and organised of both the Fellowship examination in general surgery and annual scientific congress in 2020 (2018 – ongoing)
  • Faculty member (ASSET) at Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, faculty member (ASSET) (2018 – ongoing).
  • ASSET instructor, RACS (2017 to present)

Public Hospital Appointments

  • Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon, St Vincent’s Health, Melbourne
  • Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon, Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon, the Alfred Hospital

Professional Associations

  • FRACS – Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons
  • ANZGOSA – Australia and New Zealand Gastro-Oesophageal Surgery Association
  • ANZHPBA – Australia and New Zealand Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association
  • OESO – Member of the Permanent Scientific Committee

Education and Experience

  • Upper GI Fellow (ANZGOSA), the Alfred Hospital, 2018
  • ANZGOSA – Australia and New Zealand Gastro-Oesophageal Surgery Association
  • Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), General Surgery, 2016
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Monash University, 2003

RACS Involvement
(Royal Australasian College of Surgeons)

  • Local Coordinator of the General Surgery Fellowship Exam (2017 & 2019)
  • Faculty member of the Australian & New Zealand Surgical Skills Education and Training Course (ASSET) (2017 to present)
  • Co-coordinator of the Annual Scientific Conference - Bariatric & Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery sections (2020)